Kissinger Says Chance For 'Pre-Emptive Attack Is Strong' On North Korea

"I think in anybody's book, an attack on North Korea, a first attack, a preventative war attack, constitutes an act of war, which is contemplated under the Congressional authorities within our Constitution".

With just a week before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics begin in the South, Trump met with six North Korean defectors at the White House on Friday to highlight the human rights abuses under the communist regime.

Matsegora disputed a mid-2017 U.S. State Department report that described North Koreans toiling in "slave-like conditions" in Russia for meager pay, contending that they earn around as much as an average Russian worker.

The address was partially overshadowed, however, by the news that the White House had withdrawn the candidacy of the expected US ambassador to South Korea, academic Victor Cha.

The second major flaw in the argument is that what is portrayed as limited in Washington, and among some armchair strategists supporting this course, will inevitably be seen in Pyongyang as a major assault on North Korean territory and its prized strategic assets.

The U.S. plans to increase the pressure on North Korea, according to Vice-President Mike Pence on Wednesday.

He also said arsenals in China and Russian Federation were expanding, drawing rebukes from their respective delegations. But the 2018 NPR goes in the other direction, Kimball said.

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump singled out a former political prisoner and amputee Ji Seong-ho, who escaped from the North in 2006, saying "No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea".

The North had initially asked that the art troupe be allowed to cross the border by foot via Panmunjom, located in the demilitarized zone where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection to the South in November.

"The recent developments put South Korea at a hard position". Both the United States and the Un General Assembly have imposed tight economic sanctions on North Korea in a bid to starve them of the resources and manpower that is behind the weapons program.

In 2014, Pyongyang sent Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim Jong Un, as part of a high-level delegation to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

The letter also voiced concerns that Victor Cha would no longer be considered for the nomination of USA ambassador to South Korea after he directly opposed the President's suggestion that a pre-emptive strike could be sought against Kim Jong Un and his leadership in North Korea. Why would the leadership in Pyongyang assess that this time around would be any different?

  • Jon Douglas